EY Kenya in partnership with Junior Achievement recently launched the EY STEM App in Kenya at Nova Pioneers Tatu Girls.
The EY STEM App is a gamified application designed specifically for girls, aged 13- 18, and aims to inspire them to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) study and career paths. The STEM App gives them a hands-on experience within the four STEM tracks, opens their mind to possibilities, and aims to empower girls. The students were taken through a live demonstration of how to effectively use the App.
The Program in High schools gave an opportunity for female students to discover more
opportunities in STEM. It features activities focused on science, such as climate change; technology, such as artificial intelligence (AI); the future of work and skills that may be required for future, yet-to-be-defined jobs; and inspirational stories of women in STEM. The app is sponsored by the EY Women in Technology program. The STEM App will be launched to 10 schools, 20 students each targeting 200 girls.
In the pre-pilot stage, we did a soft launch with two schools, Nova Pioneer Tatu Girls and Kibera Girls Soccer Academy. The Principal of the school, Dr. Nyaboke Nduati mentioned the importance of STEM to students & Executive Director of Junior Achievement Kenya Mr.John Wali talked to the girls about the current status of STEM in Kenya.
The EY team, Ridhi Kumar- Project Consultant EY India, Pascal Guera- Project Manager EY Switzerland, and Lilian Maruhi- Assistant Manager EY Kenya helped the students understand how the EY STEM App would help in the current statistics. Patrons of the two schools and twenty students from each school were also present.
We got the chance to hear from two students of each school, who detailed their experience while using the application. The students mentioned the lessons that they had learned throughout which meant understanding the SDGs, the Future of work around the world and the Superstar stories of women who are currently in STEM Careers.